The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #150 – Should You Claim a Refund From Vibram, How Gluten Effects Non-Celiacs, and The Best Sunscreens for Kids



Those Vibram Shoe Refunds? I’m Not Claiming One

A coworker brought this topic up the other day, knowing that I wear Vibram’s. I pretty much told him the same thing that this guy wrote. Vibrams aren’t a miracle health cure but they are great for some people, me for example, and I’ll continue wearing them. Mark Sisson has similar thoughts.



Stem cells as future source for eco-friendly meat

If we replace industrially farmed meat with stem-cell meat and locally produced, naturally raised animals, we just might still be able to save this planet that we’ve destroyed so quickly.



Does Gluten Have Any Effect on Non-Celiacs?

For some people it might not actually be gluten that’s causing their health issues, but rather a wheat sensitivity. Even so, there’s plenty of evidence showing that going gluten-free is beneficial in helping people with many issues, such as fibromyalgia, autism, type 1 diabetes, schizophrenia, depression, and ataxia.



GMO labels cost families $800/year: Guess who paid for the study?

Of course the study was funded by a company that likely led to research bias. It’s frustrating that we have to constantly question the results of research studies.



Is Cholesterol Killing Us? A Beginner’s Guide to Cholesterol

Steve over at Nerd Fitness did a great job of explaining how important cholesterol is and how its various forms work in our bodies. It’s a fun read and very educational.



Best Baby & Kid’s Sunscreens of 2014

Lucie’s List is our go-to source for everything baby-related. She has researched just about everything you could ever imagine. This post highlights several of the best sunscreen lotions and sprays you can buy for your kids.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #149 – Easy Probiotic Recipes, The Best Multivitamin Ever, and a Real Food Shopping Guide For Costco

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5 Easy Ways to Consume More Probiotics

The only homemade probiotic in this list that I’ve made is kombucha but I’d love to try making all the others. Maybe I’ll try the kefir soda. That sounds pretty tasty.



A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

Leaky gut has been linked to a bunch of health issues such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, asthma, autism, arthritis, depression and many others. And even if you don’t have health issues, keeping your gut in good health can only make you feel and perform better. There are some great tips in here on how to test for, prevent and fix gut permeability.



Orange Creamsicles {using coconut milk}

It’s about that time where the days are getting hot and I want popsicles and ice cream. I can’t wait to make these. Orange creamsicles were one of my favorites as a kid.



The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

Making hard-boiled eggs is frustrating. There are a lot of articles online claiming to know the best way to make hard-boiled eggs, and from my experience, those tips never seem to work. Well, the folks at Serious Eats have spent a lot of time trying to figure this one out and I think they got it. I tested it myself. I dropped cold eggs straight out of the fridge into boiling water, I let the eggs cook and then put them right back into the fridge out of the pot and let them sit overnight. They pealed almost perfectly in morning.



What Is The Best Multivitamin?

We’ve all seen the claims from the media that multivitamins are useless, but those claims are very generalized and don’t look at the whole picture. What if you could find a multivitamin that came in a capsule, you only had to take it twice a day, it has all the nutrients you need (and more), it’s vegan-friendly, it doesn’t contain nasty fillers, has no GMOS, it’s certified safe for all athletes, and all of the ingredients come from the highest quality sources. That’s a lot to ask for isn’t it? Well it exists and Ben Greenfield did all the hard work to find it. It’s sold by Thorn Research and it’s called Multi AM/PM Complex. You get two bottles of 90 pills for only $60. I’m definitely buying these.



Oil pulling for oral health: Miracle mouth cure? Or new age hippy hype?

Oil pulling is as good as mouth wash for fighting gingivitis and bad breath and there are claims that it may also help whiten teeth. All this without the toxic ingredients of common mouthwash. I still haven’t tried it, but after reading this, I plan to.



Testimonial: I Almost Gave Up

Another amazing story showing how food (not the FDA’s recommendations) can heal out bodies. This guy was overweight, had depression, extreme migraine headaches due to a brain injury, and was on a bunch of different medications. He bought Robb Wolf’s book, went paleo and fixed everything!



The Ultimate Guide to Interval Training

I like the way this infographic is laid out. It’s dissected into sections such as explaining what HIIT training is, the benefits of HIIT training, some sample workouts, and then it’s all joined back into one large useful graphic, ready to be republished on other sites. Neat!



Real Food Shopping Guide for Costco

I haven’t shopped at Costco in a couple of years. I ate fairly healthy then, but I’ve since been vegan and now paleo, and I’ve learned a lot more about healthy eating in that time. I was actually just thinking about renewing my membership and two weeks ago I started writing down a list of things that I wanted to see if they sold, but this shopping guide pretty much has it covered. Looks like I’ll be renewing!

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #148 – High Fat Healthy Meals, Tips on Eating More Offal, and Common Mistakes Athletes Make With Yoga

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Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day

These all sound like great meals and I plan to try each one of them, with slight changes for my own dietary preferences. I actually have a can of sardines that I’ve been trying to figure out how to use, so maybe I’ll throw them into a salad.



Soy-dairy protein blend increases muscle mass, study shows

This double-blind study took 16 healthy subjects and found that a protein blend containing soy increased amino acid delivery for an hour longer than using a single protein source (whey protein isolate). The blend contained 25% isolated soy protein, 25% whey protein isolate, and 50% caseinate.



Weight loss success: Draw Something match helps man lose 400 pounds

Brian Flemming lost 400 lbs. in only two years. That’s quite the success story! I hope he’s able to keep it off in the long run.



Studies Show Long-Term Effects of Cannabis on the Brain

Pro-marijuana advocates always say things like “marijuana has never killed anybody,” or “nobody has ever overdosed on marijuana,” which may be true, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t do irreparable damage to a users brain. I hope the legalization of marijuana in states such as Colorado (where I live), doesn’t have major repercussions on future generations. Shortly after reading this post, I also came across another interesting article from a psychiatrist who claims that marijuana had destructive effects on children and adults. I’m not against marijuana, but I do question its safety.



The 7-Day Biceps Cure

The author claims that this method can add 1/4th inch to your arms in only a week and that you can continue doing your regular routine without issue. I’m in!



Tart cherry juice may help insomniacs sleep

A friend of mine mentioned this to me a couple of years ago when I was having trouble sleeping. I bought some, but it didn’t work for me. Of course that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! My sleep issues were probably related to something else that tart cherry juice couldn’t fix. I rarely have problems sleeping now so whatever my problem was, I seemed to have corrected it.



Tips and Tricks for Eating more Offal

There are a ton of articles out there that talk about the benefits of eating offal (organ meats) and tips on how to sneak it into our diets. The reason people keep writing about it is because everybody struggles with it! This is one of the best articles on this topic that I’ve read yet. Lots of tips!



Chipotle Menu Now Practically 100 Percent GMO-Free

This is great news! I was really disappointed when I found out how much of Chipotle’s menu was GMO. I even drastically cut back on how often I would eat there, and I’m addicted to Chipotle! It’s good to hear that the only thing left on the menu that might contain GMO ingredients are the corn and flour tortillas, and they’re working on new recipes to fix that.



The Best Time of Day to Do Just About Anything

Looking for a new job? Schedule interviews early in the morning to be more memorable. Want to get more out of your morning coffee? Wait until your natural morning alertness wears off (around 9:30am), and then drink your coffee. Read this article to learn why you should do cardio around 6pm, shop for groceries around 8pm, and go to sleep around 10pm.



The 5 Most Common Errors Athletes Make With Yoga

Most yoga-related content online is basic and useless. It’s recycled from all the other garbage content online. But not this article. This article is written by an expert yoga instructor who actually has a lot of knowledge about mobility and body mechanics. Give this one a read to learn why you shouldn’t use yoga as a stretching routine, why you shouldn’t do Bikram yoga, dangerous yoga poses you should avoid, and how to pick a yoga instructor that won’t give you a spine injury.